WSSF returns for five-day event

Also in news briefs: holiday numbers released, time to renew dog licenses

The World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF) will return for its 23rd installation this year, Whistler Blackcomb (WB) announced on Monday (Jan. 15).

The festival, however, will be just five days — running from April 10 – 15 — instead of 10, as it has been in past years. Gibbons Whistler will help run the festival in partnership with WB, officials said.

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“This event celebrates the best of what Whistler offers,” said Pete Sonntag, WB’s chief operating officer. “It is unique and our new partnership with Gibbons Whistler allows us to run this world-class festival for our community and our guests.”

The snow sport, music and arts festival will include the return of the Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme. The festival will also host the World Champions of the Monster Energy Boarderstyle Tour. A press release also highlights a Big Air Competition in Skiers Plaza and says “internationally known DJs and musicians,” will perform.

“The WSSF has deep roots in this community and we are pleased to be a part of the festival’s revitalization,” said Joey Gibbons, chief executive officer of Gibbons Whistler, in a release. “This is only the start of a multi-year partnership and we are excited by the opportunity it presents.”

The WSSF website indicates that the 72hr Filmmaker Showdown, Pro Photographer Showdown and Intersection will also return.  

To find out more visit wssf.com.

Holiday numbers released

More than 3,000 people attended the New Year’s Eve Fire and Ice show, midnight countdown and fireworks this year, according to the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW). That’s on top of hundreds of skaters who to took the ice at Whistler Olympic Park.

While the events might have been free, Whistler was also named the most expensive place to ring in the New Year by cheaphotels.org. As the big evening approached, it said hotel rooms set revelers back a minimum of $745, the cheapest available double room in the resort.

However, visitors and locals alike took advantage of free transit all evening as well.

Dog license renewal due

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is reminding dog owners that they must renew their pet licenses.

Pet owners must purchase a valid dog license every year starting on Jan. 1 with half the fees going to Whistler Animals Galore (WAG). The license is meant to help the RMOW track down dog owners if their pet gets lost or there’s an emergency.

The fees are $15 for neutered or spayed dogs, $50 if your pet is not neutered or spayed, $15 for a puppy five months and under or $5 for a replacement.

Renewals can be done in-person or online on the RMOW’s website.

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